Pe-2-31

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This page is about the Russian bomber Pe-2-31. For other versions, see Pe-2 (Family).
Pe-2-31
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Pe-2-31
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Description

The Pe-2-31 Peshka is a rank II Soviet bomber with a battle rating of 3.3 (AB) and 3.7 (RB/SB). It has been in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.27. For French, German, Italian, Castellano, and Japanese, this aircraft is known as Pe-2-21 in the localisation files, instead of Pe-2-31. There is no difference between them.

General info

Flight performance

Air brakes
Allows you to dramatically reduce the flight speed by releasing special flaps
Max speed
at 5 100 m530 km/h
Turn time28 s
Max altitude8 400 m
Engine2 х Klimov VK-105R
TypeInline
Cooling systemWater
Take-off weight9 t

Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 5,100 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 511 495 8400 29.6 31.3 7.2 7.2 326
Upgraded 550 530 26.5 28.0 12.4 9.6

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
X
Limits
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
740 450 508 477 320 ~11 ~6
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 380 < 380 < 440 > 307

Survivability and armour

Crew3 people
Speed of destruction
Structural740 km/h
Gear450 km/h

Examine the survivability of the aircraft. Note how vulnerable the structure is and how secure the pilot is, whether the fuel tanks are armoured, etc. Describe the armour, if there is any, and also mention the vulnerability of other critical aircraft systems.

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB1 350 → 1 749 Sl icon.png
RB2 700 → 3 499 Sl icon.png
SB3 100 → 4 017 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications15 190 Rp icon.png
35 500 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost860 Ge icon.png
Crew training16 000 Sl icon.png
Experts55 000 Sl icon.png
Aces320 Ge icon.png
Research Aces250 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
60 / 200 / 340 % Sl icon.png
130 / 130 / 130 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
Mods aerodinamic fuse.png
Fuselage repair
Research:
550 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 300 Sl icon.png
100 Ge icon.png
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Radiator
Research:
550 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 300 Sl icon.png
100 Ge icon.png
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Compressor
Research:
780 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 800 Sl icon.png
140 Ge icon.png
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Wings repair
Research:
690 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 600 Sl icon.png
120 Ge icon.png
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Engine
Research:
690 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 600 Sl icon.png
120 Ge icon.png
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Engine injection
Research:
1 100 Rp icon.png
Cost:
2 600 Sl icon.png
190 Ge icon.png
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Airframe
Research:
780 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 800 Sl icon.png
140 Ge icon.png
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Cover
Research:
1 100 Rp icon.png
Cost:
2 600 Sl icon.png
190 Ge icon.png
Mods ammo.png
shkas_belt_pack
Research:
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Cost:
1 300 Sl icon.png
100 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
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shkas_turret_belt_pack
Research:
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Cost:
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100 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
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DZ-40
Research:
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Cost:
1 300 Sl icon.png
100 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 1.png
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shkas_new_gun
Research:
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Cost:
1 800 Sl icon.png
140 Ge icon.png
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shkas_new_gun
Research:
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Cost:
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140 Ge icon.png
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shkas_turret_new_gun
Research:
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Cost:
1 800 Sl icon.png
140 Ge icon.png
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ub_belt_pack
Research:
690 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 600 Sl icon.png
120 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
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ub_belt_pack
Research:
690 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 600 Sl icon.png
120 Ge icon.png
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ub_turret_belt_pack
Research:
690 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 600 Sl icon.png
120 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
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RO-132
Research:
690 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 600 Sl icon.png
120 Ge icon.png
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ub_new_gun
Research:
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Cost:
2 600 Sl icon.png
190 Ge icon.png
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ub_turret_new_gun
Research:
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Cost:
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Armaments

Offensive armament

Ammunition150 rounds
Fire rate1 026 shots/min
Ammunition450 rounds
Fire rate1 800 shots/min

The Pe-2-31 is armed with:

  • 1 x 12.7 mm Berezin UB machine gun, nose-mounted (150 rpg)
  • 1 x 7.62 mm ShKAS machine gun, nose-mounted (450 rpg)

Suspended armament

Number of setups6
List of setups
Setup 14 x 100 kg FAB-100sv (forged) bomb
2 x 100 kg FAB-100sv bomb
Setup 22 x 250 kg FAB-250sv bomb
4 x 100 kg FAB-100sv (forged) bomb
Setup 34 x 250 kg FAB-250sv bomb
Setup 42 x 500 kg FAB-500sv (welded) bomb
Setup 510 x RS-132 rockets
Setup 610 x RBS-132 rockets

The Pe-2-31 can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • 6 x 100 kg FAB-100 bombs (600 kg total)
  • 2 x 250 kg FAB-250M43 bombs + 4 x 100 kg FAB-100 bombs (900 kg total)
  • 4 x 250 kg FAB-250M43 bombs (1,000 kg total)
  • 2 x 500 kg FAB-500 bombs (1,000 kg total)
  • 10 x RS-132 rockets
  • 10 x RBS-132 rockets

Defensive armament

Turret12.7 mm Berezin UB machine gun
Ammunition230 rounds
Fire rate1027 shots/min
2 х Turret7.62 mm ShKAS machine gun
Ammunition225 rounds
Fire rate1800 shots/min
Turret7.62 mm ShKAS machine gun
Ammunition750 rounds
Fire rate1800 shots/min

The Pe-2-31 is defended by:

  • 1 x 12.7 mm Berezin UB machine gun, ventral turret (230 rpg)
  • 1 x 7.62 mm ShKAS machine gun, dorsal turret (750 rpg)
  • 1 x 7.62 mm ShKAS machine gun, 2 x beam turret (225 rpg)

Usage in battles

Describe the tactics of playing in the aircraft, the features of using aircraft in a team and advice on tactics. Refrain from creating a "guide" - do not impose a single point of view, but instead, give the reader food for thought. Examine the most dangerous enemies and give recommendations on fighting them. If necessary, note the specifics of the game in different modes (AB, RB, SB).

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Controllable
Not auto controlled
Not controllable
Not auto controlled
Controllable
Auto control available
Separate Controllable
2 gears
Not controllable

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Improvement from the previous Pe-2-1
  • Great rate of climb
  • Manoeuvrable because of the light weight
  • Has more armament than its predecessor

Cons:

  • Low bomb load
  • Large silhouette
  • Some of the gunners have obsolete armaments

History

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In-game description

Since the Pe-2's mass production had begun, its defensive armament was recognized by the military as weak for a modern bomber. Beginning with series 13 (launched in April to May of 1941), the ShKAS hatch mount was replaced with a VUB-2 turret with a 12.7mm BT machine gun and a magazine capacity of 200 rounds. The starboard ShKAS machine gun mounted to port forward was replaced with a 12.7mm BK machine gun with 150 rounds. Also, the magazine capacity of the port ShKAS was decreased to 450 rounds.

By June 22, 1941, when Germany invaded the USSR, factories had managed to produce 490 new dive bombers. Subsequent upgrades of the Pe-2 were then made based on combat experience.

Series 22 saw the installation of M-105RA engines with floatless carburettors, which improved the aircraft's behavior when diving. Beginning with series 23, an extra ShKAS machine gun with 225 rounds was installed in the radio operator/gunner's cockpit. It was designed to fire from side ball mounts and through the upper fuselage hatch. The area of the navigator's and the radio operator/gunner's protective armor was increased, and the robustness of the fuel system was improved. The aircraft was equipped with an inert gas filling system, and duralumin tanks were replaced with fiber ones, which were more effective at dealing with bullets. By series 32, the aircraft could be fitted with guide rails to hold 10 RS-132 unguided rockets under the wings. Some Pe-2s were equipped with RO-82 launchers to fire RS-82 unguided rockets backwards, to defend against any fighters attacking from the aircraft's lower rear. Since September 1941, the Pe-2's bomb load was upgraded by adding KMB-Pe-2 bomblet clusters, which enabled the efficient bombing of soft area-type targets.

A total of 1,671 dive bombers were manufactured by four mass production factories during 1941. The new plane served on all front lines from the Barents Sea to the Black Sea. The Pe-2s were received not only by regiments of the Air Force of the Workers' and Peasants' Red Army but also by aviation units of the Northern, Baltic, and Black Sea Fleets.

From February 1942 (series 64) on, the side ball mounts were replaced with pivot mounts and the turret's sighting angle was increased. Series 80 saw yet another defensive upgrade: the navigator's and the radio operator/gunner's positions were given upgraded armor.

On 12 January 1942, chief designer V. M. Petlyakov died in an air crash while flying in a Pe-2. His position was filled by his deputy, A. M. Izakson, who was later replaced by another of Petlyakov's colleagues, A. I. Putilov.

Media

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See also

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  • reference to the series of the aircraft;
  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

External links

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  • encyclopedia page on the aircraft;
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V.M. Petlyakov Design Bureau (Опытное конструкторское бюро Петлякова)
Fighters  Pe-3 (e) · Pe-3 · Pe-3bis
Bombers  Pe-2-1 · Pe-2-31 · Pe-2-83 · Pe-2-110 · Pe-2-205 · Pe-2-359 · Pe-8

USSR bombers
SB and Ar  SB 2M-100 · SB 2M-103 · SB 2M-103 MV-3 · SB 2M-103U · SB 2M-103U MV-3 · SB 2M-105 · Ar-2
Yer-2 (petrol)  Yer-2 (M-105) · Yer-2 (M-105) TAT · Yer-2 (M-105R) TAT · Yer-2 (M-105R) LU
Yer-2 (diesel)  Yer-2 (ACh-30B) (e) · Yer-2 (ACh-30B) (l)
Tu  Tu-2 · Tu-2S · Tu-2S-44 · Tu-2S-59 · Tu-4
Pe  Pe-2-1 · Pe-2-31 · Pe-2-83 · Pe-2-110 · Pe-2-205 · Pe-2-359 · Pe-8
IL  DB-3B · IL-4
  Po-2 · MBR-2-M-34 · TB-3M-17-32 · Yak-4 · Be-6
Lend-Lease  ▂PBY-5a Catalina · ▂Hampden TB Mk I · ▂B-25J-30